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Don’t forget there is Qin, Dragon Pool, Rivers and Lakes all doing this game style - if you have French language aptitude there is also Wuxia.

LoW by Eos is actually just poorly explained rather than poorly executed. You have a pool of dice - normally 5 for beginning characters you roll them and look for sets which using their algorithm gives you essentially a percentile type number if you have other sets you can bank them or use them if an ability let’s you power it’s effects using a set. Honestly the poor part is combat which is very interpretative in terms of movement and ability use but still it’s not so bad you can quickly get the hang of it if you follow the spirit of their examples and think about Wuxia films. Scrolls you don’t have at the start you can pick up if people think their is a reason for you to do so (generally that’s the basic scroll to progress in the scroll you need to invest xp etc or it might make sense for you to have the scroll and that’s all good but once you have an ingame reason for opening the scroll you then have to pay and/or meet prerequisites to actually benefit from the scroll. I think the hardest part of the game is it’s “genre” jargon ...the game under that is quite straitened forwa. It does do something’s which are unique like the pool over basic stats, with skills really encapsulating what your good at as opposed to a set of stats .... all this is from memory but it’s pretty much that simple.
Hearts of Wulin: Moves & Mechanics
Hearts of Wulin: Moves & Mechanics
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By the sutras I want you to publish this soooo badly. I really enjoyed Qin but found it’s jargon got in the way. Eos Legends of Wu Lin even more so, although once we got using river lake and floods etc and the right way of framing scenes it was better. Rivers and Lakes is a wonderful little game and I think it possibly does Kung Fu Cinima the best. Feng Shui’s combat as written in the book is way way way to slow to capture the feel of Kung fu cinima for us. The Dragon Pool is also good but I prefer the simplicity of R&L more so. The hulking mammoth in the corner Exalted third edition is wonderful and it does capture the Zu Magic mountain feel quite well. The improved combat is better (3e combat that is) though it would be more accurate to call it a challenge system than combat. Of the all Legends of Wu Lin and it’s scrolls systems brings the soap opera aspects our group really enjoys and helps build a well running game focused on the Jianghu so it’s a hard call between R&L for its simplicity and LoW for its comprehensive treatment. Here’s hoping Hearts wins me over totally. Well executed so far, it warents proper development from you imho.
Hearts of Wulin: What Next?
Hearts of Wulin: What Next?
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I’m interested in how you find it. I really want to like the cypher system, yet find that for some reason it just doesn’t gell together the way I would like. The core rolling mechanics is fine. It’s the proliferation of subsystems added on to that were I have my issues. The main issue being that “everything” seems to work or a “death spiral” type mechanism - making using effort or really anything other than cyphers very risky if you commit too soon in the narrative. We have only played it three times each time “The Strange”. I look longingly at “Gods of the Fall” which is right up my ally but due to our negative “Strange” experiences I’m very hesitant to get into Cypher any more ( I’m a huge Ubiquity and Cortex+ fan or I’m old school) my hope was Cypher was in the same ball park as Ubiquity et al ...yet it’s like D&D with extra layers of diminishing resources... admittedly we could just have been doing something wrong ... so I’m interested in watching how the games go.
Btw - what’s the draw to “Predation” ...it reminds me of the many coloured land but without the cool psi and hunting Dinosaurs to extinction...surly I’m missing something?
Cypher System: 1P Player Cheat
Cypher System: 1P Player Cheat
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Game I've always looked at and read and wanted to like more then I do since I too love Noir styling. Yet like you for some reason I just cant get enthused by the game. Which is strange - I love Gangbusters, CoC, Hollow Earth Expedition and the eponymous Noir and even Öne more Job" Noir rpgs. Moreover I lover TORG and played it extensively so the Masterbook version of Bloodshadows should have been a lock. About the only Noir rpg I haven't tried is Edge of Midnight, which seems like it would have quite a few similarities to Bloodshadows... With that resume you would think Id love the game... but it doesn't grab me and i even like the neo-noir of Haven: City of Violence... go figure.
Tommy's Take on Bloodshadows Third Edition
Tommy's Take on Bloodshadows Third Edition
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I have a minor quibble with the system which I really enjoy in fact. But that minor quibble is Heart which is a bit of an uber stat. It is somewhat balanced by how harsh the Corruption rules are but it still stood out to us all as the "pump"stat. Its very close to my favorite fantasy role playing game and separates itself from the "Dungeon Crawling" genre by having a much broader set of goals. Interestingly I picked this up around the same time as Torchbearer was delivered to me. They share some design DNA but go in very different directions. I'm loving the focus on sojourning and social encounters and building a dynasty which brings me to my other comparison rpg Pendragon. Its got that epic scope covered. Amazingly even though there is no fireballs and other overt displays of magical power among the PC's The One Ring still manged to capture middle-earth magic really well from the Dwarven runes and lore to the Elvish spells and tricks. I cant stop gushing about it because its such a fun game. I really agree that it is its own beast and learning all the rules - which are incredibly nuanced - is a bit tricky as there are a lot of ïf then and else type clauses to the rules. Still its a game that I want to own everything for and having both the 5e and TOR versions those books will all be TOR system versions. Thanks for talking about the game hopefully it will encourage others to pick it up and play.
Tommy's Take on The One Ring
Tommy's Take on The One Ring
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I found this writen by a new school role player. I really enjoy his blog and actually think he is more a GM of a similar stripe even if he prefers new school games - cool diversity is wonderful. He has explained better then anyone why I love OSR or any old fashion rpg and why for the most part I'm totally over the "special-unique-snowflake-mentality" of the new school.

"The core D20 system is dated as all hell. Nothing can prepare you for the soul-crushing despair of waiting 20 mins for your turn, fluffing your attack roll, and knowing there is NOTHING you can do about it – no re-rolls, no resources to spend, not even an impression that your failure impacted upon the game world in any way. Moreover, the fact that a party of supposed adventuring heroes can critically fail every action they take 5% of the time is a bizarre tonal disconnect, and is as responsible as anything else for making the stakes in a D20 game feel comedic and trivial". michaelduxbury.com

To be crystal clear, I LOVE creating a game out of not being able to hit, yes like him I'm not a 5e'r either so I'll mostly agree with the 20min for your turn thing as another thing. I love OSR and the speed of resolution. Not having resources for rerolling, and having to "put up with" just being a "normal" person with the odds stacked against me is the game. Thinking my way through that, navigating my way to success and yet still at deaths door at a moments notice is the same enjoyment for me as a good Game of Thrones episode ( or much better pov chapter in the Song of ice and fire :> )
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Here it is, folks - The MCC RPG Gen Con game schedule. Come visit exotic and remote ruins, meet new and interesting mutants, and kill them.
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Every time I start to think my really nerdy minority hobby is cool - something happens to make me think "funk, guys there are like only a few Thousand of us in the fist place and we all like the same stuff, cut a brother a break". But some asshole with an EGO and an agenda all ways turns up and does a huge EGO DUMP all over his bothers "FOR HIS OWN SELF AGGRANDISEMENT". I swear we role players will screw up our own hobby and send it backwards into our parents basements and away from the light of broad supportive community all because at our core we are riddled by culturally maladjusted, socially anxious, fascist pseudo-intellectuals.
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So nice...that I seen Civil War TWICE!!! But I had to Rep Da' King lol
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I'm seriously thinking of giving up all other role playing systems and just use OD&D...
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